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Intended to make the issue of landmines pertinent and accessible to the classroom teacher, this curriculum unit provides material to teach elementary school students about the issue of landmines, including the problems, the politics, and the solutions. The unit helps students learn how to study current issues and how to voice their concerns about issues that involve real people and require real solutions. The unit's assessment is an accumulation of three activities, each designed to further student learning. Students complete a "Landmine Mini-Topic" presentation to demonstrate a basic understanding of an issue involving or relating to landmines; write a persuasive letter to a public official or an editor of a publication and design a poster about the landmines issue; and develop and deliver a persuasive speech. Seven handouts offer information about landmines, directions for projects, and discussion questions. Appendixes contain a list of non-governmental and international organizations and informational resources. (BT)

Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, International Relations, Persuasive Discourse, Physical Environment, Social Studies, War

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Autor: Duncan, Elizabeth; Bongiorno, Linda, Ed.


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